Anticipation is the action a person takes when thinking ahead about something in order to figure out how to handle it, or to stop it from happening.(noun)
An example of anticipation is when a husband pretends to be asleep, knowing his wife will come home drunk and want to start a fight with him.
The definition of anticipation is the state of being happy and excited about something upcoming.(noun)
An example of anticipation is when someone is thrilled and looking forward to going on a cruise for the first time.
Anticipation is the state of spending money before one has it.(noun)
An example of anticipation is the state of using a credit card and credit to pay for things.
Anticipation means the state of being prepared for something upcoming.(noun)
An example of anticipation is when a political candidate is prepped for the questions they will be asked, and so they have time to plan and rehearse the answers.
In music, anticipation is defined as a term for when a chord is played and one or two notes in the chord coming after it are played early, thus creating momentary dissonance.(noun)
An example of anticipation is when a violinist plays a note before the chord, and the effect is a moment of disagreeable sound.
See anticipation in Webster's New World College Dictionary
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